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Playoff breakdown: If the games were today

The committee's top-five rankings remained the same, but North Carolina is situated behind multiple two-loss teams. How would all the New Year's Six games look if the season ended today?

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Law: Red Sox pay high Price for an ace

Boston filled its biggest need with the addition of David Price, a legitimate ace worthy of the big contract the Red Sox are giving him, writes Keith Law.

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NFL Power Rankings: Panthers take over

Unbeaten Carolina is our new No. 1, but who else is on the rise, and how far did the Patriots fall with their first loss of the season?

Philly fans chant 'Kobe!' before 76ers vs. Lakers (0:35)
30 for 30 Shorts: Thicker Than Water (14:16)
Curry's fourth-quarter clutch plays (0:28)
Prognosis for Rob Gronkowski's knee injury (1:05)
ESPN Sport Science - Ravens Kick 6 (1:19)
Is LeBron already better all-time than Kobe? (1:52)
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58mMitch Sherman

How loyalty paid off for Iowa, Ferentz

Through the good and bad times, the big wins and tough losses, Iowa and Kirk Ferentz have stuck together. Now they're one win away from a playoff spot.

8hChantel Jennings

Monmouth bench becomes a star attraction

The bench mob known as The Hawks' Nest has gained notice for their celebrations. Just cheering won't do; how about fishermen with a photo op?

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Strauss: Warriors 'hustle' Jazz, improve to 19-0

The Warriors' seven-game road trip started Monday night with their 19th straight win. But it wasn't easy. Steph Curry (26 points) hit two free throws with two seconds to play as the Warriors avoided their first loss of the season in Utah.

Draymond Green on what makes the Warriors special (3:56)
Kobe's Philly finale (1:10)
Mbah a Moute sets up Jordan with beautiful dish (0:17)
Surviving without Gronk (0:56)
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9hAaron Schatz

Schatz: Projecting the NFL playoff picture

It's not Denver, New England or Cincinnati. No, the AFC's hottest team is Kansas City. They're now in the picture; Aaron Schatz projects the NFL playoffs.

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Heisman Watch: Henry closes in, top 5 unchanged

Alabama running back Derrick Henry (49 points) remains a firm No. 1 in this week's Heisman Watch after his 271-yard outing against Auburn, with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (31 points) and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (28 points) remaining at Nos. 2 and 3.


Dave McMenamin @mcten

Cavs down 62-43 with 9:20 to go in the 3rd Q. Some fans are booing them off the court during the timeout.

Cheick Diallo checks into game

One of the top players in the 2015 class made his Kansas debut midway through the first half vs. Loyola (MD) -- and Allen Fieldhouse went nuts.


LeBron never got to face Kobe in finals

LeBron James is disappointed he never played Kobe Bryant in the NBA Finals, even though one of them had been part of each finals since 2007.


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Sixers announce plans to retire Moses Malone's No. 2 jersey next seasons via Malone's son in a halftime ceremony.

Bragg Jr. throws up 2-handed block

A Loyola player went up for the shot, but No. 4 Kansas' Carlton Bragg Jr. said no. With two hands.


Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Cheick Diallo checks in and makes his college debut for Kansas. Freshman plays with an extremely high motor, rebounds, alters and blocks shots and runs court hard. His playing time and production will depend on how quickly he picks things up.

Who was better: Kobe or Duncan?

Both have five rings. Both soared over their generation. But if you had to pick one of Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan, who would it be? Vote!


Kobe cools off after hot start

After making three of his first four shots, and scoring 13 points in the first quarter, the Lakers star slowed down, going 1-for-5 in the second. He still has 16 points at halftime, helping LA lead by 8 in Philadelphia. Follow live


Ohio State finishes first half strong

Trevor Thompson put up a bucket as Ohio State's shot clock expired to get within 2 points as No. 10 Virginia leads 26-24 on ESPN.


Wall starring vs. Cavaliers

Wizards PG John Wall has 21 points, 4 assists and 4 steals at halftime, helping the Wizards take an 11-point lead in Cleveland. It's Wall's first 20-point performance since scoring 25 on Oct. 31. Follow live

Dana O'Neil ESPN Senior Writer 

This is about an eighth of the line of Carolina students waiting to get inside Dean Dome for tonight's game against Maryland. Line snakes around the building.

Jerry West: Painful to watch Kobe now

The man who brought Kobe Bryant to Los Angeles said of the retiring star in an interview with Reuters: "It has been painful for me to watch him. It bothers me. A lot of people will remember him for how he's playing now. I won't."

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7-footer makes 3-pointer at the buzzer

Northwestern C Alex Olah hit a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Wildcats a 45-36 lead over Virginia Tech at the half on ESPNU.


Kobe Bryant's career in photos

Bryant was a fresh-faced kid when the Lakers acquired him on draft day in 1996. Twenty years later, he's a superstar with a swan song. Photos

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Watch: Diallo finally makes KU debut

Top freshman Cheick Diallo is finally eligible to play for Kansas, and he will make his debut tonight against Loyola. While Jayhawks coach Bill Self said Diallo won't start, the 6-foot-9 power forward will get considerable playing time to make up for lost time. Streaming live on ESPN3

Jack Salt soars for the dunk

The Virginia freshman got the rebound and put it back up for a big dunk over Ohio State in the first half of a Big Ten/ACC Challenge game on ESPN.


Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

What in the name of Greg Oden and Evan Turner is Ohio State doing right now? We haven't seen an inspired effort like this all year from the Buckeyes. Same team that lost to Texas-Arlington, Memphis and Louisiana Tech is battling ACC contender Virginia? Gotta love the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Hokie soars for putback dunk

Virginia Tech's Devin Wilson misses a layup, but Jalen Hudson is there just in time to soar to the hoop and slam the putback vs. Northwestern.


Worth paying top dollar to see Kobe?

Michael Smith says no way, because if he goes to a game now, "I'm not going to see Kobe as I remember him. There's YouTube for that."


David Price and Red Sox ink record deal

The reported $217 million contract is the largest ever in terms of total value by a free-agent pitcher, breaking Max Scherzer's $210 million deal with the Nationals from last offseason.

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Red Sox reach deal with David Price

Boston agreed to a seven-year, $217M contract with the 30-year-old LHP, per ESPN and multiple reports. Price, a five-time All-Star, had a 2.45 ERA last season with Detroit and Toronto. The deal was first reported by Boston Globe.

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe Bryant said he doesn't have a preference whether the Lakers retire his No. 8 or his No. 24 jersey at some point in the future. Said Lakers spokesman John Black: "Weve had internal discussions and will continue with more formal conversations on the issue, but as to what number will be retired or when we will do it, we do not have any information to share publicly at this time."

CFP rankings: 1-6

  • 1. Clemson (12-0)
  • 2. Alabama (11-1)
  • 3. Oklahoma (11-1)
  • 4. Iowa (12-0)
  • 5. Michigan State (11-1)
  • 6. Ohio State (11-1)